ROUYN-NORANDA, Quebec, May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is with great enthusiasm that the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (QMEA) has announced that Pierre Lassonde, of the Franco-Nevada Corporation, will be Xplor 2018’s honorary president. In addition to presiding over the event on October 17 and 18, 2018, Mr. Lassonde will also be giving a conference at the event.

It is an honour for the QMEA to welcome Pierre Lassonde as honorary president of the Xplor 2018 Convention. Cofounder and vice-president of the Franco-Nevada Corporation, Mr. Lassonde has been involved with the company since 1982. In the last 20 years, Franco-Nevada, which has an innovative business model, has much higher than average returns on investments to its shareholders. Its market capitalization is upward of $12 billion USD.

From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Lassonde was chair of the World Gold Council. In 2006, he was appointed to the Canadian Academy of Engineering, which made up of the most experienced engineers in the country. Finally, in 2013, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

We are proud to have Mr. Pierre Lassonde as our convention’s honorary president. Through the actions he has taken over his illustrious career, he has inspired several generations of entrepreneurs in Quebec’s mineral sector. His contribution to society extends far beyond the mineral sector, also thanks to his support of the arts. His presence at Xplor demonstrates his attachment to Quebec and its explorers.”—Frank Mariage, chair of the QMEA’s board of directors.

Mr. Lassonde is proud to be associated with, and to be contributing to, the Xplor Convention:

Mineral exploration is a very important industry. Now more than ever, the minerals we seek are vital to our civilization, and Quebec offers geologists and the mineral industry diversity, security and vast unexplored territories.” — Pierre Lassonde, honorary president of Xplor 2018.

Xplor, the mining exploration convention: Uniting the industry like never before!
Each year, Xplor attracts a hundred or so exhibitors and over 1,000 participants, including investors, exploration and mineral production companies, prospectors, goods and services businesses and more. All come together to help develop Quebec’s mineral sector at a sustained pace and on a larger scale. More than just a trade show, the event is conducive to business development and contacts. It is known for the quality of its networking activities and its captivating talks. For more information, visit the event’s Web page.

About the QMEA
The QMEA is a professional and industrial association representing the players in Quebec’s mineral exploration sector. Founded in 1975, the Association’s mission is to promote the sustainable and responsible exploitation of Quebec’s mineral resources and their vital contribution to Quebec’s economy. The QMEA has 1,200 individual members and 200 corporate members.

Source and information:

Valérie Fillion, Executive Director
Tel.: 819 762-1599, ext. 224